We are maintaining a list of core and useful guidance on coronavirus related issues, which we will aim to keep updated. 

This post was last updated on 24 April 2020.

System leadership

  1. Public Health England main guidance for healthcare professionals and providers: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus
  2. Letter from Simon Stevens setting out the NHS position, 17 March 2020 - https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/next-steps-on-nhs-response-to-covid-19-letter-from-simon-stevens-and-amanda-pritchard/
  3. NHS England guidance for secondary care - https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/secondary-care
  4. NHS England guidance for primary care - https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/
  5. Guidance for ambulance service trusts and community healthcare: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/community-social-care-ambulance/ and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trust
  6. Hospital discharge guidance - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873876/COVID-19_Hospital_Discharge_Guidance.pdf

Clinical Guidance 

  1. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges landing page - https://www.aomrc.org.uk/covid-19/
  2.  Intensive Care Society position statement - https://www.ics.ac.uk/ICS/COVID-19/COVID19.aspx?hkey=d176e2cf-d3ba-4bc7-8435-49bc618c345a plus further ethical guidance from the ICS - https://www.ics.ac.uk/ICS/ICS/News_Statements/LEAG_Statement.aspx 
  3. NICE guidance -https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/conditions-and-diseases/infections/covid-19
  4. BMA ethics guidance - https://www.bma.org.uk/media/2226/bma-covid-19-ethics-guidance.pdf  
  5. Guidance on completing MCCDs - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877302/guidance-for-doctors-completing-medical-certificates-of-cause-of-death-covid-19.pdf

Healthcare regulatory

  1. GMC guidance for doctors: https://www.gmc-uk.org/news/news-archive/coronavirus-information-and-advice
  2. GDC guidance for dentists, including links through to NHS England model guidance for primary care dentists: https://www.gdc-uk.org/information-standards-guidance/covid-19-latest-guidance
  3. GPhC guidance: https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/regulate/article/latest-updates-coronavirus-covid-19 including links through to model guidance for community pharmacy from NHS England
  4. Joint regulatory guidance: https://www.nmc.org.uk/news/news-and-updates/how-we-will-continue-to-regulate-in-light-of-novel-coronavirus/
  5. CQC position statement on regulating during coronavirus outbreak: https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/how-were-responding-outbreak-coronavirus
  6. HSE guidance - https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm links through to guidance for general employers and other businesses from the government.

Information governance

  1. ICO guidance on information law and coronavirus: GDPR https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2020/03/data-protection-and-coronavirus/ and https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-and-coronavirus/; FOIA: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/icos-blog-on-its-information-rights-work
  2. NHSX guidance on information governance: https://www.nhsx.nhs.uk/key-information-and-tools/information-governance-guidanc
  3. Caldicott Guardian Council resources (including as regards s. 251 authorisations) - https://www.ukcgc.uk/covid

Coroners' Guidance

  1. Chief Coroner's Guidance, 26 March - https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Chief-Coroner-Guidance-No.-34-COVID-19_26_March_2020-.pdf
  2. Chief Coroner's Guidance on hearings - https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Chief-Coroner-Guidance-No.-35-hearings-during-the-pandemic.pdf
  3. Chief Coroner's Guidance on the Coronavirus Act - https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Chief-Coroners-Office-Summary-of-the-Coronavirus-Act-2020-30.03.20.pdf

Commercial

  1. Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to Covid 19 - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873521/PPN_01-20_-_Responding_to_COVID19.v5__1_.pdf
  2. Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19 -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0220-supplier-relief-due-to-covid-19  

Legislation and Directions

  1. Coronavirus Act - as enacted 26 March 2020  https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents/enacted 
  2. Coronavirus Act - explanatory notes and impact assessments from bill stage - https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2019-21/coronavirus.html
  3.  Initial Public Health Regulations - https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/129/contents/made 
  4. Public Health Regulations closing non-essential businesses open to the public and prohibiting gatherings, etc., 26 March 2020 -  https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/350/pdfs/uksi_20200350_en.pdf (n.b. these the earlier Regulations made under SI 2020/327 which closed pubs and restaurants)
  5. Other legislation referencing coronavirus - https://www.legislation.gov.uk/all?title=coronavirus 
  6.  Directions concerning the exercise of CCG functions by NHS England (spot/block-purchasing etc) - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-exercise-of-commissioning-functions-by-the-nhs-commissioning-board-coronavirus-directions-2020

Employment

  1. Central HR/workforce guidance, 19-20 March - https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/letter-to-hr-colleagues  including as regards accommodation -  https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/hotel-accommodation-for-nhs-staff-20-march-2020.pdf
  2. ACAS guidance for employers and employees -http://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
  3.  Government guidance on key workers - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers 

Housing

  1. CIH Resources for housing associations - https://www.housing.org.uk/news-and-blogs/news/responding-to-coronavirus--resources-for-housing-associations
  2. RSH position statement - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rsh-statement-on-coronavirus 

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